Orange County law enforcement recently went on a curfew sweep in order
to catch juveniles who might be violating their curfew. Overall, 29 juveniles
were arrested. The juvenile task force was 180 in number comprised of
officers from 19 different agencies. Their goal was to pick up kids 17
and under who were still on the streets after 11pm. In Orange County,
juveniles cannot be wandering the streets after 11pm (10pm in some areas).
That curfew ends at 5 in the morning. Law enforcement does not arrest
juveniles out after curfew if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The curfew enforcers concentrated their efforts in areas of Orange County
that are more prone to juvenile criminal activity. The goal was to get
kids off of the streets so they would stay out of trouble. Juveniles who
roam the streets late at night and into the early morning hours are more
likely to be involved in criminal activity. These police efforts are geared
more toward rehabilitation than toward punishment. After taking the juveniles
into custody, they were held until their parents could pick them up. There
are still penalties, however, for both the parents and the child.
In Orange County, parents could face up to six months in jail if their
child breaks curfew and juveniles could face time in juvenile detention
centers. In addition to confinement, there may also be imposed fines.
Orange County law enforcement has been conducting these curfew sweeps
for five years now. If your child was detained for breaking curfew and
you are now facing the reality of criminal penalties, please do not hesitate
to get in touch with an Orange County criminal defense lawyer from The
Law Offices of Barney B. Gibbs. This firm handles all areas of criminal